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2008 Shafer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley
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About Shafer Vineyards

At one point in his life, John Shafer worked in the publishing industry. Now he is responsible for a slew of eye-popping scores from Robert Parker, and the making of one of Napa Valley’s greatest Cabernets...

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2008 Shafer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

Producer: Shafer Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(15.3% alcohol; includes 1% malbec):  Good full red.  Redcurrant, cherry, cedar and rose petal on the nose.  Supple, silky and sweet, with an essentially gentle quality to the red fruit flavors.  Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and very good length.  This juicy merlot wears its alcohol gracefully.  Winemaker Elias Fernandez used a bit of malbec to add color and broaden the palate.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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